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St. Peter's Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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Holy Father's Intention

July

The Integrity of Justice
That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

 

First Wednesday Devotions to St. Joseph

First Wednesday Devotions to St. Joseph

Did you know that every Wednesday is dedicated in a special way to St. Joseph?

He is the Patron or Protector of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants and a happy death. We invite you to join us on the First Wednesday of each month as our regularly scheduled 5:30 pm Mass will be celebrated on the St. Joseph altar. Prior to Holy Mass, the litany to St. Joseph will be prayed. Take this opportunity to unite as a community in prayer for the Universal Church, our own church parish and your domestic church.

Annual Baby Bottle Campaign

Please return your filled baby bottles this week! Also, return any unused bottles so that they may be re-used for other campaigns.

Please be generous and continue to be a part of saving babies and saving families! Thank you!

Parish Life

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Spiritual Life and Worship

A Note from Fr. Blanda

In our September Pastoral Advisory Council meeting, one of the agenda items will be to discuss the Spiritual Life and Worship opportunities offered to parishioners here at St. Peter's. I often wonder how Catholics in our churches, including our own, can possibly say that their parish does not offer enough opportunities to pray. The worship of God is the most important ministry of every church parish.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each weekday in our parish including Saturday mornings. The weekend schedule affords our parishioners five Mass time opportunities, even though with the size of our church we could accommodate our practicing Catholics with one Saturday evening Mass and two Sunday Masses. The opportunities of parishioners to serve in the sacred liturgy are vast: Choir, Altar Servers, Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans. Our sacred music accommodates various tastes and spiritualities: Saturday evening having the historic traditional choir; 7:30 am simple organ music for those who prefer no singing; 9:00 am offering of the High Mass with the Schola Cantorum and incense; 11:00 am Mass with organ and cantor; 6:00 pm having the opportunity for a more contemporary style of music.

Confessions are offered every day of the week here at St. Peter’s. Confessions are heard a half hour before each weekday Mass. Saturday and Sunday afternoon confessions are heard for forty-five minutes. Baptisms are offered every Sunday morning with great flexibility to accommodate families when needing to schedule. The sacrament of marriage is available for celebration every weekend except when liturgical law does not permit the sacrament to be celebrated. In the past few years, Saturday evening marriages have also been allowed to be scheduled.

In addition to the sacramental life of the parish, the devotional opportunities are vast. Our adoration chapel is available 24 hours a day with the Blessed Sacrament exposed from Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm through Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm. Marian devotions are offered such as the rosary which is prayed before Mass on Thursday and Friday and the pro-life rosary prayed at 11:25 am on Tuesdays. The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is prayed after our Thursday morning Mass. Saturday morning Mass is celebrated at the Blessed Mother Altar. The beautiful Living Rosary is prayed in the month of October. Our Sisters lead First Saturday Devotions following Mass on the first Saturday of each month. Vespers (Evening Prayer) is prayed after our Wednesday evening Mass. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament follows the celebration of Mass on First Fridays.

Our parish also offers special annual events of liturgy and devotion such as the Divine Mercy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter, our Lenten Tenebrae Service, Stations of the Cross, the Advent Lessons and Carols, a Solemn Requiem Mass on All Souls Day for all who have been buried through St. Peter’s, the Annual Pro-Life March and Mass and the Annual Mass for the protection from storms during the hurricane season. We also offer an annual parish Lenten Mission.

Please be aware of how your parish is feeding you spiritually. Keep yourself and your family informed of the many spiritual and devotional opportunities that are offered. Everyone is welcome to join our worshiping community in prayer and coming to know the Lord through the worship that we offer Him.

Fr. Blanda